The School Situation - Page 3
In an ideal situation, all kids could learn according to the modality that works the best for their strengths. All kids would be encouraged according to their interests. Those who need an extra push in some areas could be given that training. Those who need enrichment can be provided that extra stimulation. And those "twice exceptional" (with learning differences, yet high intelligence in other areas) could be seen for what they are, rather than "above average plus below average equals average" such that they end up bored in some areas and overly-challenged in others.
But, with a lack of funding, the school situation is less than ideal. I'm eagerly and nervously awaiting news from our superintendent regarding which programs will be cut. We moved into our current home to provide the best education for our kids, so we're definitely nervous that our "dream district" may lose a little of its luster. Yes, I'm not completely sure whether the magnet class is the right environment for my son - but having that choice available is important - not just for him, but for other kids who would benefit from such an environment.
I've learned time and time again as my kids grow up that the proper environment is everything. So it follows that I'm very concerned about their future educational surroundings.
Kari blogs at the Karianna Spectrum. She used to write for the now-defunct ClubMom site, during which time she chronicled her struggle with finding the best school for her eldest son. After furrowed brows, tears, tests, and several schools later, she found a wonderful match. It is not surprising she'd be nervous about making sure his educational environment continues to be well-suited to his needs.